A Kirkcaldy lad is neither shaken nor stirred at his starring role in a high profile tourism campaign.
Four-year-old Mikey Bell – complete with pedal-powered Aston Martin – recreated a famous scene from the James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ in Glen Etive to launch VisitScotland’s new film locations guide.
“He had a great day at the photo shoot and really enjoyed getting dressed up in the suit and being the centre of attention,” said mum Emma, who added that his highlight, however, had been getting a plastic Loch Ness Monster from a gift shop.
Although mum and dad Jonny had seen the results of the shoot before the campaign was launched on Tuesday, they were kept away from the star of the show.
“We had to keep it quiet until after the launch but he is such a chatterbox he would have been telling everyone all about it,” Emma said.
Mikey’s time in the spotlight came about through a family friend in VisitScotland’s media team. When the search was on for a boy who could be a young 007, he knew Mikey had the looks to fit the bill and the temperament to handle the photo session.
The youngster, who attends Kirkcaldy West Nursery and has two equally photogenic younger sisters, Jess and Iona, is unlikely to be signing up for a modelling agency any time soon.
“It did cross our mind but this was just a bit of fun that he’ll be able to look back on some day,” Emma said.
The national tourism organisation’s book, which contains details of more than 100 films shot in Scotland over the decades, is published as Daniel Craig takes on the role of agent 007 for the fourth time in ‘Spectre’.
‘Set in Scotland: A Film Fan’s Odyssey’ is available free of charge in VisitScotland Information Centres throughout the country, in branches of Waterstones and for download at visitscotland.com.
It capitalises on the growing trend of ‘set-jetting’ and aimed at visitors eager to follow in the footsteps of the film stars.
It features everything from ‘The 39 Steps’, the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film which includes the iconic Forth Bridge, through ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Gregory’s Girl’ to the Harry Potter films and ‘Prometheus’, right up to 2015 movies ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Sunset Song’, which were partially shot in Skye and Aberdeenshire respectively. Set in Scotland is aimed at visitors eager to follow in the footsteps of the film stars.
There are special sections on James Bond – the spy with the Glen Coe ancestry – and Bollywood, as well as honorary mentions for popular television series such as Outlander, Downton Abbey and Balamory.
It also details some of the more surprising places that Scotland has stood in for on the silver screen, including Turkey (From Russia With Love), San Francisco (Cloud Atlas), Vermont (Flash Gordon) and even the surface of Jupiter (2001: A Space Odyssey).